Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo

16 September 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of early September 2002, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported 2 636 cases of cholera and 67 deaths (case-fatality rate, 2.5%) in Katanga province, since the outbreak began in July 2002. The most affected areas in Katanga province are: Malemba Nkulu, Kabala, Butombe, Songwe, and Twite-Mwanza.

A team from the Ministry of Health and Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has gone to the affected province to coordinate the response.